A Building Permit is a formal authorization granted by a local, state, or federal regulatory body prior to the construction of a building or the modification of an already existing building.

Alternate Names:

  • Construction Permit;
  • Variance Request;
  • Building and Zoning Permit.

This legal instrument helps to ensure that the building plans comply with land use, construction, and zoning requirements and meet minimum structural and safety standards. The authorization serves as a record for the work done and inspections conducted on the prospective building site and helps municipalities, towns, and counties to enforce their building codes. Our downloadable Building Permit Application templates will allow you to make the first step in the construction permit process.

How to Fill Out a Building Permit Application?

A different kind of Building Permit is required for residential and commercial buildings. Commercial Building Permits vary depending on the purpose of the construction: for example, installation of a new roof, interior remodel, change of use, and new construction on a commercial site. You might need to obtain a separate authorization for every type of construction or remodeling, including but not limited to electrical, plumbing, mechanical, demolition, enlargement, or repair works. Depending on the state, it is possible to apply for a combination permit that allows to install, construct, or modify all systems in the building.

Make sure you include the following information in your application:

  • The type of improvement, ownership, the proposed use of the building;
  • The estimated cost and fees,
  • The dimensions of existing structures and the new construction.

Along with the application, you need to provide plans showing proposed construction and sets of specifications describing the nature of the work, the materials and the equipment to be used, and the details of all mechanical, structural, plumbing, and electrical installations.



Form 539 "Zoning/Building Permit Application" - Borough of Emmaus, Pennsylvania

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Form 081493 "Development and/or Building Application Form" - City of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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"Building Permit Application Form" - Washington County, Colorado

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"Kts Site Placement Application" - Kentucky

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"Non-residential Building Application Form" - City of Auburn Hills, Michigan

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"Application for Moving a Structure Permission" - City of Marshall, Michigan

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"Application for a Building Permit" - Warren county, New York

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"Application for Building Permit" - City of Peekskill, New York

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"Building Permit Application Form" - Town of Camillus, New York

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"Building and Zoning Permit Application Form" - Pennsylvania

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"Application for Building Permit" - Municipality of Penn Hills, Pennsylvania

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"Application for a Permit to Construct or Demolish"

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